New South Korea President Suspends Deployment of US Antimissile System — Trump Regime & Impeached Predecessor Had Rushed To Install Before Election — Moon Wants To Consider Strategic & Environmental Implications


“The previous administration wasn’t really clear and transparent about the review process, and basically this is a legal procedure,”

said Choi Jong-kun, a professor of political science at Yonsei University in Seoul.

Choi said that the president was eager to follow the legal procedure,

given that he was elected after his predecessor, Park Geun-hye, was impeached and ousted after accusations of corruption.

“The previous government failed to defend the constitutionality of the legal process in many fields,” Choi said.

“So this president cannot repeat those same mistakes.” He added:

“Is he saying ‘no’ to the United States? No.

He is saying ‘yes’ to his constitutional responsibility.”

US military officials noted that the system became operational in April and

therefore could provide basic — and limited — defense in the event of a North Korean attack, even if the additional launchers were not deployed.

Pentagon officials noted that the missile defense deployment was the result of an agreement reached last year.

Trump Provides Precedent For Newly-Elected President To Reverse Policies

But they also acknowledged that,

given that President Trump has pulled out of international agreements reached by his predecessor, President Obama,

there is precedent for Moon’s move.

Opponents of Moon said the suspension was probably a first step toward rejecting the missile defense system altogether.

Oh Shin-hwan, a spokesman for the conservative-leaning Bareun Party, said in a statement that

because the environmental review would take more than a year,

“the government does not intend to deploy the remaining four launchers.”

“North Korean provocations are occurring almost every day,” the statement continued.

“And South Korea is saying that it will defend the country with half of the THAAD system.

It is in effect saying that the government will not take into consideration the safety of Korean citizens, United States service members and their families.”

Environmental Assessment May Take Up To A Year

Analysts said it was too early to determine the ultimate outcome of the assessment.

The early deployment “was rushed, so if the rush has been slowed down a bit, it’s not the end of the world,”

said Gordon Flake, the chief executive of the Perth-U.S. Asia Center at the University of Western Australia.

But, he added, Moon “has to be aware of a fundamentally changed strategic environment in the last several years in Northeast Asia.”

As North Korea rapidly develops the capability to launch missiles that could hit Japan and American bases in the region, Flake said,

“decisions that South Korea makes have regional and global implications.”

Source: South Korea Suspends Deployment of U.S. Antimissile System – The New York Times